Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green unveils ‘oldest Jewish prayer book ever found’

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Likely the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found, dated by both scholars and Carbon-14 tests to circa 840 C.E. Photo courtesy Green Scholars Initiative

Likely the oldest Jewish prayer book ever found, dated by both scholars and Carbon-14 tests to circa 840 C.E. Photo courtesy Green Scholars Initiative

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AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The 9th century prayerbook -- a rare complete codex in its original tan-colored binding -- includes a listing of the 100 Benedictions, or blessings some observant Jews say daily.

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  • Nate

    Lauren: Is there a link to a scholarly article on this? Perhaps something that outlines it’s contents (or even translates them)? Depending on what Biblical texts are referenced in this prayer book, it seems like it would be a major discovery to cross reference with extant copies of the Hebrew Bible.

  • AZatheist

    A codex from 840 B.C.? Are you sure it’s not 840 C.E. (A.D.)?

  • Linda McMillan

    How did a crckpot like that get his hands on such a thing? It really should be turned over to a real museum that can care for it properly.

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  • Clark

    Yeah, that should be CE, not BC. For reals…

    And, really, you can’t let organizations like this have the final word on the authenticity of artefacts like this–you should get input from scholars.

  • Lauren Markoe

    I believe research on the book will be released in the next year or so, but not much on its contents was released to the press yesterday, though many of us at the announcement asked.

  • Uri Baruch

    Yeah I wish too. I am wondering if this is more similar to the text of Amram Geon or Saadiya Geon. Hope we don’t have to wait until 2017 to get the text.

  • Uri Baruch

    Or a Jewish Museum since it’s not central to the bible but specifically rabbinic judaism……

  • As a very fortunate billionaire, you obviously can spend your money on whatever you want. However, using your money for charity, (especially feeding, clothing and housing the poor,) would be more in line with Jesus’ teaching than buying rare Jewish artifacts for a Bible museum. Do you remember what he said about rich men?

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  • Mark

    It is highly doubtful that someone as Anti-Semitic as David Green cares to preserve the history of the Jewish history. He has made that clear my forbidding any of his stores from carrying Hanukkah merchandise.

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  • I HAVE INVESTIGATED THE SITUATION AND BELIEVE THE COMMENTS ON THE BLOG TO BE HERESAY. THE COMPANY TOLD ME THEY ARE CONSIDERING BRINGING IN JEWISH ITEMS. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    The Hobby Lobby craft store chain, which has a borough location, has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism in the face of policy not to sell Hanukkah and other Jewish holiday items because of owner Peter Green’s “Christian values.”

    The situation drew national attention when a Jewish shopper from Monmouth County blogged about his experience after his wife was told by an employee in the Marlboro location, “We don’t cater to you people.” Blogger Ken Berwitz then was told that the items aren’t stocked “Because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian, and those are his values.”

    The blog was published on Sunday, and the next day Hobby Lobby issued the following statement, “Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future. Alleged comments made by employees are currently being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators. Marlboro is a great city and has wonderful people and we are blessed to be apart the community.”

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  • al

    Judaism is central to the Bible.

  • al

    Don’t be asinine , Christian book stores don’t carry them either. It doesn’t make them anti-Semitic.